The staff of Prospects receive the Social Care Accolade Award 2013.

Prospects wins Social Care Accolade

Children’s care home organisation Prospects for Young People is celebrating after its project to involve young people in planning services to ensure they were meeting their needs, was announced as a winner in the Social Care Accolades, held at City Hall, Cardiff.

The organisation, which is based in Wrexham, won the Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Younger People, Children and Early Years Accolade.

Judges praised staff for developing a person-centred approach across all 11 children’s homes within the organisation, which had enabled children and young people to become more involved in the planning of services to ensure it is meeting their needs now and in the future.

The organisation developed a training programme that ensured staff were able to build assessments of children and young people from their perspective.

These were based on their strengths, interests and aspirations for the future. Staff were then taught how to turn the profiles into plans and actions.

It also ensured children and young people were involved in the planning of their day to day living arrangements and decisions about their care and support.

The programme has been beneficial for both young people and the workforce. Young people are starting to influence the placement planning process and staff are learning more about young people’s behaviours, which is shaping the support they give them.

Steve Elliot, Director of Prospects for Young People said, “I am so proud that the hard work of our champions to develop person-centred planning has been recognised with a Social Care Accolade.

“The work is really enhancing the level of involvement of children and young people in planning services that meet their needs and aspirations for the future.”

The Social Care Accolades, which are led by the Care Council for Wales, celebrate best practice that is helping to professionalise the workforce and transform social care, early years and childcare across Wales.

Seven Accolades in total were awarded to organisations across Wales and a full list of winners is available at www.ccwales.org.uk

Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Social Services, who presented the Accolades, said, “These awards are not just about celebrating success today, they’re about learning from what we see and using it to help us prepare for the future to develop new ways of working.

“Eight years after they were established, the Accolades give us an opportunity to recognise and share the excellent work being done by social workers, people working in social care, in early years and in childcare.

“The Care Council for Wales regularly reviews and revises the entry categories and the focus of the judging for the Accolades ensuring that these awards remain relevant and contribute to the raising of standards and sharing of good practice, helping create a new level of professionalism in the sector.”

This year saw the highest number of entries – more than 70 – since the Accolades began in 2005.

The biennial awards showcase good practice and achievement by teams, partnerships and organisations which have improved social care and early years and childcare by investing in the learning and development of their people.

Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair of the Social Care Accolades judging panel, said, “Once again, the quality of entries was highly impressive and a reflection of the professionalism of staff who are focused on providing the best possible care for people who need their support.

“All the finalists obviously value their people highly. Investing in staff, particularly in their training and development, is the best investment they can make, usually resulting in improvements in performance, morale and recruitment and retention. And, importantly, all this is likely to feed into better outcomes for people receiving services.

“The Accolades are much more than a set of awards, though. They are also an excellent platform to share best practice, not only at the awards ceremony, but also over the coming months, when we will be making arrangments to share learning from the winning projects and others. By doing so, we can collectively learn from each other and provide even better services to those who need them right across Wales.”

Representatives from Prospects receive the Social Care Accolade Award 2013.